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Beaker (Krautstrunk)

Date:
late 15th or early 16th century
Culture:
German
Medium:
Free-blown glass with applied decoration
Dimensions:
Overall: 5 11/16 x 4 1/2 in. (14.5 x 11.5 cm)
Classification:
Glass-Vessels
Credit Line:
Munsey Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
27.185.211
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 10
This ordinary drinking vessel is decorated with applied drops of glass drawn into points, or prunts, that give the beaker its name, Krautstrunk, a German word meaning "cabbage stalk." Although primarily decorative, the prunts also provided a surer grip on the vessel, which was heavy when filled.
Jacques Mühsam, Berlin (sold 1927)
Husband, Timothy B., and Jane Hayward, ed. The Secular Spirit: Life and Art at the End of the Middle Ages. New York: Dutton Publishing, 1975. no. 34, pp. 43, 52, fig. 3.



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